Freetown State Forest - Trail, Freetown, Massachusetts

Freetown State Forest - Trail, Freetown, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

It has lots of long smooth fire and dirt roads, but the real gem is the singletrack, it's endless. Very rocky, tight and twisty. Not for the meek, it will beat you up (or down), but it's real fun. You can easily go all day without hitting the same trail twice, providing you have enough stamina. Grab a map before you head out, its easy to get lost.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 04, 2007]
Mellodog
Cross Country Rider

These trails used to be great .Last time I came here to ride I was heartbroken .Motorcycles have rutted up the singletrack .Very sad .I do not bother to make the drive anymore.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used:

Mattapoisett Woods, Mahoneys

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1
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5
[Nov 27, 2006]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

I used to race here years ago for the Freetown Big Bang, I jsut returned to check it out and my god, the place is ruined. All you find are huge mud pits, slicked out rocks, and foot deep ravines from dirtbike tires. I am a very technical rider and the rock gardens that used to be fun are now just a pain since you dont have much of a chance between the slick mud and rocks. I rode there for about 2.5 hours and got up to speed only twice when not on the fire roads. What a dissapointment.
Oh yeah, and I hope you like your wilderness experience with the constant drone of two-strokes in the area.

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Take my advise, drive to Otis/151 or the Trail of Tears on Cape Cod, or make the hike to Big River or Arcadia in Rhode Island. Freetown is ruined.

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1
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1
[Apr 12, 2004]
icecreamjay
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding here regularly for at least ten years and it's a love hate relationship. It's pretty diverse, ranging from rooty, sandy bermed out motorcycle trails to the infamous miles long rock gardens. I rode it recently and it seemed like the place took a serious butt wipping from motorcycles this winter. The ruts were deeper than ever and the hills torn to loose sand. It's always been like that here but it seems worse than ever now. That's not saying I didn't have fun, I almost always have fun here, just be prepared for seriously dirt bike damaged trails. Of course the dirt bikes can't hurt the rock gardens. One thing I can say about freetown is that unless you always ride huge epic 5 hour/30 milers, you can't ride the whole thing in one trip. There are roughly three big areas to ride, they are: 1.west side of bell rock road/ high street- most diverse, a little bit of everything and you get the ledge 2.The area around the ranger station, not as many routes, mostly just the motorcycle route, very rocky, twisty, often swampy stuff, and 3. the southern part of the forest near copicut reservoir. This area recently became environmentally protected somehow. This area is kind of the lesser known trails. This is the kind of forest where you can develop different routes after you explore a bit. I have three main rides I do unless I feel like a Freetown epic, then I ride the big bang race course to the motorcycle parking lot, cross the road and ride out to copicut reservoir. From there I go out by the NB rod and reel club out to this wacky spring then out to the pipe line. Then I take these old fire roads to the motorcycle trail which eventually takes you to the ranger station. Then get back on the motorcyle trail a bit up payne road and follow that until it crosses payne road and eventually high street. That trail is the start of the big bang, its a great swoopy mostly down trail along a big sand pit. This leads back across copicut back onto the roller coasters, but at this point I usually hit the road back to my car. This loop seriously kicks my butt like no other ride. I usually come back starving, bleeding, aching, and one time with a touch of hypothermia. Usually I just ride the big bang loop. It's a great loop that hits much of the highlights of Freetown.

Customer Service

I've ridden Spencers route and it's a good one, but I personally have a different one. I also like to stay away from the dump. Nothing like sucking wind full of Sh*t smell. Good news is the dump is closed for now pending a court battle to expand it (For christ's sake it's like 500 ft tall already, I'm not kidding!!) But I won't guarantee that it won't still be nice and ripe on those hot summer days. But enough dissing Fall River. I usuallypark at the indian reservation, at the beginning of ledge road. I ride down ledge rd to the first gate on your right (the gravel piles are gone, just an intersection now). I take the right and cruise down until I get to the singletrack on the right. I follow this thru the rollercaosters and along copicut. I follow the trail down the washed out fire road and towards the RR track. I follow the main trail across the bridges Spence mentioned and all around and eventually I get to the fire rd which I follow up to the ledge. After a little break there I take "break your bike" south to "Junky row" then I go left and follow the motorcycle trail back thru the parking lot (you can cross the street and do an extra loop to add mileage).

Similar Products Used:

Otis, Borderland, Gilbert Hills

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4
VALUE
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4
[Oct 16, 1998]
Anonymous

Fast and fun. One of the most thrilling places I've ridden. Much of the single track is smooth and twisty, lending to a fast ride full of quick maneuvers. There's also fast descents down ruts and immediate ascents--challenging climbs. Wonderful riding!

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5
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[Oct 19, 1998]
Anonymous

I went here on Saturday with some of my friends for the first time. We found only 1-fireroads and 2-extremely technical single track. We didn't see ANY of the twisty fast single track that is described in the review below. I suppose we were only there for an hour, and there were hunters shooting their guns off in the distance, so we didn't want to stay too long and risk getting shot. If someone could tell me where all the "wonderful" single track is, I'd be happy to try it again and tell ya what I think. We parked in the main lot, and went off to the left of the rest rooms down the fire road.

Customer Service

Somewhere else

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2
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[Oct 22, 1998]
Anonymous

i've ridden these trials once in an efta race, they are nice. some pretty fast singletrack with high birms. quite a bit of soft sand but it's almost all rideable. i'm sure we didn't hit all the trails that they have but the ones we did hit were nice. not really scenic, but fun. the boneyard was about as rough as they come. look out for the glass by the sand pits if you come to them.

Customer Service

the race route

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4
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[Nov 11, 1998]
Anonymous

the fire roads are very nice, wide and fast. the singletrack will give you a vetta enema or bog you down in half a foot of sand. the doable singletrack has been badly eroded by motocross abuse. to call the singletrack here "technical" is very generous. go here *only* if you like fire roads or ass-busting get-you-lost singletrack. there's no reasonable middle ground that i've been able to find.

Customer Service

stick to the fire roads

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2
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[Nov 18, 1998]
Anonymous

We rode a lot of single track, nice and twisty and tight. There are also plenty of fireroads if that's your thing. We stayed away from the technical stuff (I heard that there are some nasty rock gardens) so we rode for a few hours. Good view from the top of the quarry, but don't jump off. Great riding for all levels. The tough stuff you can see coming and bail if you need to. Lots O fun!!!!

Customer Service

Bring someone that knows where the good stuff is.

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5
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[Nov 19, 1998]
Anonymous

This place is awesome. The rocky and rooty singletrack is the best. If you know how to ride it you can fly through it, if you don't like technical riding,stay away, this place is not for the meek.

Customer Service

Too many to recommend.

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5
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[Apr 18, 1999]
Anonymous

This place has brought me back to riding in a big way!! It does have most everything you want...except long climbs, BUT most climbs you do get are riddled with technical stuff all over, making them as difficult as those smooth longer climbs. I was given good advice to follow the motorcycle trail.(Yellow signs). This is a 20 + mile single track riddled with rocks, roots, water crossings, drops, and burms. You go fast on some parts and are lucky to stay on your bike in others. (the trail does cross over many of the parks fire roads, so their is opportunity to bail off the trail if you want to.) Bring your best legs and lungs....this place will bust you up!!! GET A MAP. YOU WILL GET LOST! I saw a ton of other trials off this trail but did not adventure off. I will be exploring this place for years to come.

Customer Service

Motorcycle path. Follow the yellow signs.

Similar Products Used:

Massasoit, Vietnam, Myles Standish

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4
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